John Walsh: Dad, do you really have to do this to me?

BTW...

Share
Related Topics

Spare a thought for Rain Price, 15, from American Fork, Utah. Every day he catches the school bus and his father, Dale, waves him off, wearing fancy dress. When his parents waved to him on the first day of term, to jeers from his classmates, Rain said he was mortified. His father took this as a challenge. For the next 179 days, he wore a different costume to wave in. He dressed up as The Little Mermaid, Batgirl, Elvis, Little Red Riding Hood and Princess Leia from Star Wars. He once bought a porcelain lavatory so he could wave at his son while sitting on it, reading the morning paper. I'm afraid years of therapy lie ahead.

* Much tut-tutting at the news that St Petersburg hopes to attract 3 million visitors by offering quickie marriages. Couples visiting Russia's second city can get a marriage licence in 72 hours, and spliced in one of its new registry offices. "It will not be a copy of Las Vegas, but something different," said a chap from the Russian Union of Travel Industry, guardedly. But the two cities have something in common: Dostoevsky. He was addicted to gambling, haunted the casinos of Europe, lost most of his money and wrote The Gambler to save his copyright from a rapacious publisher. He'd have loved Las Vegas.

* Basic diplomacy skills have deserted the NHS's brochure compilers. In a leaflet about healthy travel, co-sponsored by the Foreign Office, GlaxoSmithKline and the Royal College of Nursing, there's an image of a suitcase covered in national flags, each emblazoned with a disease. On the Polish flag is the word "Tetanus". The Poles are furious. "The risk of tetanus is the same all over Europe," fumed epidemiologist Pawel Stefanoff. "It is not justified singling Poland out."

* Best political anecdote from the Hay festival came from the TV election maestro Peter Snow and concerned the Duke of Wellington. Thirteen years after the Battle of Waterloo, in 1828, the Iron Duke became prime minister. Though a leader of men, he was not a natural politician. After his first cabinet meeting, he complained to a colleague that it had been "an extraordinary experience". Although he had been clear, he said, in giving his colleagues around the table their orders, some of the blighters had the cheek to insist on staying to "discuss" them...



React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer - OOP, Javascript, HTML, CSS, SQL

£39000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer - OOP, Javascript, HTML,...

Austen Lloyd: Commercial / Residential Property - Surrey

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: SURREY MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Programme - Online Location Services Business

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: What do you want to do with your career? Do yo...

Recruitment Genius: Senior QC Scientist

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is a leading expert in immunoassa...

Day In a Page

Read Next
File: David Cameron offers a toast during a State Dinner in his honour March 14, 2012  

I saw the immigration lies a mile off - and now nobody can deny it

Nigel Farage
The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone  

Who wouldn’t like a sharing economy? Well, me, for one

Mary Dejevsky
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game